Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement
You simpletons, understand cleverness; you fools, understand with the heart. Listen, for my words merit serious attention (Proverbs 8:5-6).
The simpletons and fools to whom Solomon refers repeatedly in Proverbs are not people born without intellect. Why would he demand understanding from those who cannot understand? Solomon is calling out to people who do have the capacity for wisdom, but who choose to behave foolishly.
People who have a limited amount of money, yet squander it on unnecessary incidentals and leave themselves without the means to buy food and clothing, are not necessarily feeble-minded. Rather, they place the pleasures of the moment above the more important things in life. These people allow themselves to be dominated by their desires rather than using their judgment. They do not lack the ability to make a proper judgment, but are lax in applying that ability.
Solomon is speaking to everyone. Few people are as wise as they can be. How often have we regretted doing something, yet we fail to learn from the experience and end up repeating the regrettable behavior?
We would be deeply insulted if someone called us fools or simpletons should have sufficient pride not to insult ourselves by behaving in a manner that would warrant such epithets.
Today I shall ... ... take pride in my intelligence, and be cautious not to do anything that would classify me as a fool or as a simpleton.
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Al-Aqsa TV: Death to Israel, turn them into body parts, roast them
"Al-Asqa TV promotes all the components of Palestinian terror, including murder of Jews, suicide bombings, kidnapping of soldiers, bombing our cites and destruction of Israel." By Sara Rubenstein March 7, 2019
Recommended by "It uses all the means available on TV to make its messages compelling to the Palestinian population, including religious sermons, children's programs and even music videos celebrating murder."
PMW recorded the words of a Hamas music video aired on the channel: "Strap on an explosive belt... O Martyrdom seeker, respond to Al-Aqsa's call... send them to Hell... Let fire burn them, turn them into body parts, roast them."
The Al-Asqa TV station was attacked by IDF forces in an airstrike in November 2018 and its studios were destroyed. The airstrike took place during a flare-up of violence in which Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israel. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIsraeli Attorney-General Plans to Charge Netanyahu In Corruption CasesCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34 Now Playing
A half hour before the TV station was bombed by IDF forces, the channel broadcast a music video declaring "Death to Israel," while scenes from terror attacks and funerals of Israeli terror victims played on the screen, as reported by PMW.
"DEATH TO ISRAEL" flashed across the screen in Hebrew as an Arabic song blared from the speakers, "Expel the thieving occupier from the enraged land of Jerusalem. Rid your house of that one, that Zionist in his humiliation. Write 'death, death, death to Israel' with flowing blood. And with the bleeding body cause death, death, death to Israel."
When the funeral of the Israeli terror victims appeared on the screen, another song blared with the words, "Be red death. Have no mercy on the army of aggression that wears the clothes of the soldier and the settler."
Following the IDF airstrike, the channel was forced to go off the air but this proved short-lived and they quickly began broadcasting from a new location, leading to Netanyahu's decision on Wednesday to declare it as a terrorist organization.
Bar Mitzvah Gift by Rabbi Meir Orlean
The Blooms were celebrating the bar mitzvah of their son Nosson in the shul where Rabbi Dayan davened. They had invited friends and relatives from afar for Shabbos.
A guest, Mr. Victor, came over to Rabbi Dayan on Friday night, after davening. "I brought a gift for the bar mitzvah boy, an artwork for his room," he said. "It's not mutkzeh and the eruv is up. Can I bring it with me tomorrow morning and give it to him at the Shabbos meal?"
Rabbi Dayan considered for a minute. "You shouldn't do it," he said. "The Poskim say to refrain from giving gifts on Shabbos. I need to hurry home, since guests are waiting, but will explain to you tomorrow, b'e"H."
The following morning, Mr. Victor came to shul. After leining, the shul Rabbi delivered an enthusiastic sermon, in which he praised the bar mitzvah boy based on insights from the parashah.
At the end of the sermon, the Rabbi called Nosson to the pulpit. "In the name of the shul, I would like to present you with this sefer," he said. The Rabbi handed the sefer to Nosson.
Mr. Victor turned toward Rabbi Dayan with a questioning look. "Rabbi Dayan said not to give a gift on Shabbos," he said to himself.
After davening, Mr. Victor came over to Rabbi Dayan: "Excuse me for asking," he said. "I thought you told me that one is not allowed to give gifts on Shabbos. The Rabbi, though, gave Nosson a gift in the name of the shul. How was it permissible to give him the sefer?"
"I promised you an explanation," replied Rabbi Dayan with a smile. "I guess the time has come for that!
"Chazal prohibit transactions on Shabbos and Yom Tov, even when not entailing melachah, lest a person come to write," explained Rabbi Dayan. "According to most authorities, this includes giving gifts. Therefore, Magen Avraham questions the practice of giving gifts to a chassan on his aufruf Shabbos" (Mishnah Berurah 306:32).
"Nonetheless, the Sages permit gifts for the purpose of a mitzvah, such as giving a lulav and esrog on the first day of Sukkos," continued Rabbi Dayan. "Similarly, they allow transactions for the purpose of Shabbos, such as procuring food items that will be used on Shabbos, with limitations regarding payment and language to avoid making it a commercial transaction" (O.C. 323:4).
"Does anybody provide justification for the practice of giving gifts, though?" asked Mr. Victor.
"Some dispute the premise that handing over gifts on Shabbos and Yom Tov is included in the prohibition of transactions," replied Rabbi Dayan. "Others consider the joy of the chassan a mitzvah purpose, especially in the context of a drashah" (see Pischei Teshuvah,E.H. 45:1; Yechaveh Daas 3:21).
"According to the prevalent view, what can be done?" asked Mr. Victor.
"One possibility is to grant the gift to another before Shabbos on behalf of the bar mitzvah boy, based on the principle of zachin l'adam shelo b'fanav (one can acquire for anothe in his absence)," replied Rabbi Dayan. "This can be done even if the boy won't be bar mitzvah until Shabbos, and is still a minor on Erev Shabbos. Alternatively, the boy can intend not to acquire the item until after Shabbos" (C.M. 243:18; Rema C.M. 245:10; Yehudah Yaaleh, O.C. #45).
"In truth, a sefer is less of an issue," added Rabbi Dayan. "The bar mitzvah boy is encouraged to browse the sefer on Shabbos. There is also an element of endearing Torah so that it has an aspect of mitzvah" (Sereidei Eish, O.C. #83; Piskei Teshuvos 306:22).
"Thus, there is basis for the practice of giving the bar mitzvah boy a sefer on Shabbos," concluded Rabbi Dayan. "It is certainly permissible if the sefer was acquired on his behalf by another before Shabbos, the boy will use the gift on Shabbos, or he intends not to acquire it until after Shabbos" (Shemiras Shabbos K'hilchasa 29:31).
Natty Charles on Mount of Olives Unveiling
On March the 10th 2019 (Adar Bet 3 5779) we have an unveiling at the Mount of Olives for the great Cowboy Natty Charles, a long time friend of mine and a great man. Knew him since 1995
So Easy to Forget
THE NEW YORK TIMES - Monday, June 16, 1975
By Rabbi Meir Kahane
So Easy To Forget
Time is always on the side of the tenacious. Conversely, it is the enemy of the weary and pushes tired men into the search for compromises that are often more the product of despair than of common sense. This is precisely what is occurring today in Eretz Yisroel, the Land of Israel. Eight years after 2.6 million Jews were saved from extinction, and less than two years after the near-catastrophic Yom Kippur war, larger and larger numbers of those who were almost slaughtered seek to return again to the moment of truth.
Forgotten is the insanity of comments from Cairo, Damascus, Amman, Beirut, Baghdad and Fatah. Forgotten are the pledges to throw us into the sea, wash Tel Aviv clean with Jewish blood and eliminate the "gangsterstate" of Israel. Forgotten are the insanity of borders that saw the coastal strip with its million Jews under the guns of Arab armies just miles away. Forgotten are our own projections of tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians dead. Forgotten are the borders that saw settlements on the plain lying naked beneath the Golan Syrian guns; the Sinai with its Egyptian armada within spitting distance of our cities. But most often forgotten are the hatred, the solemn pledges of extermination, the school textbooks with their poisonous venom, the days of May and early June, 1967, when the mobs were lashing about in an agony of anticipation of the great Jihad, about to begin. What were the demands in those days when there were no June 5, 1967 borders to which to return? What were the Arabs marching to war about then? Forgotten is the reality of Arab refusal to recognize an Israel that is even one dunam square. Forgotten is the never-changing reality of Hebronism. What is Hebronism? It is the Arab policy of extermination of the Jew who seeks to live in his own land. It is the reality of that summer day of 1929 that saw Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in the streets, homes and shops of Jewish Hebron. Hebronism is the Arab policy that would be the rule for us every Monday and Thursday could our enemies only accomplish it. We are inundated with all kinds of illusions and elusions. Let us return this land or that and we will have peace. Let us not dare to settle Jews in Eretz Yisroel lest it anger the Arabs and jeopardize peace. Let us recognize the existence of a Palestine people, for that will bring peace. Let us reach peace and brotherhood with the Arabs by territorial concessions and by giving them electricity and indoor toilets.
What kind of a Jew believes that he can buy Arab national pride with an indoor toilet? What Jew does not, after all these years, recognize that the Arab will not compromise on that which he considers to be his land, and who views every Jewish kindness as a weakness to be exploited? Our enemy, in the long run, is weariness. It is against this that we must struggle, against the weariness that rises to a crescendo with the frustrating cry of : When will it finally end?
Only weak people surrender to time. Strong and tenacious people know that there may never be an end to the struggle and the sacrifice but they also look about and see what their refusal to surrender has accomplished.
There is now a state – and today a big one – in much of our Eretz Yisroel; a Jewish state with nearly three million souls and many more to come. None of this would have come about had we listened to the intellectual precursors of our modern-day "doves." In the name of peace there would be no Jewish state; in the name of morality there would be no free Jewish nation. Eretz Yisroel, the Land of the Jewish people exists. Perhaps peace will come some day, but until that time let us not listen to delusions. Strength, tenacity and trust in G-d; this and this alone assures Jewish survival
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